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  • Day23

    Washington DC

    May 12, 2015 in the United States

    We woke to a solid breakfast courtesy of our hostel, which has a ritual that guests greet staff with a 'good morning' in a language other than English. Alex eager to finally put his D in GCSE German to good use, fired off 'Guten Tag', only to realise that it is in fact 'Guten Morgan'. Fail.

    The next day was better, eager to redeem himself, Alex got in early with 'Buenos Dias'. He was so convincing the staff member tried to communicate further with us in Spanish thinking Alex was in fact Spanish. Ole!

    It was another hot and humid day out on the streets of Washington. We knew we'd arrived at the White House even before seeing the building because of the watchful security and tourist crowds. Snipers on the roof, K-9 dog teams, guns, body armour and of course - sunglasses surrounding the white shining walls of the the President's residence.

    We strolled around the great lawn of the Eclipse as sunglass-toting men with 'secret service' stitched on their body armour rode past on bicycles. Before us towered the obelisk of the Washington Monument with clouds brewing around its pinnacle. You can go to the top of the monument but the tickets for the day had gone by the time we arrived. Many historical attractions and museums in Washington are free to the public which is great but unfortunately we are not staying in Washington long enough to fully appreciate this.

    We walked down the Mall as a slight breeze lapped the water of the reflecting pool with the Lincoln Memorial growing in size as we approached. Inside the raised stone temple sits a marble statue of the man enshrined by engravings of his Gettesburg Address and his Second Inaugural Speech.

    These engraved speeches give reference to 'one nation under God', a need for 'freedom' and that 'it may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces'.

    However the sense of optimism raised from this fanfare of success is muted when you realise that nearly 100 years later, in 1963, Martin Luther King stood on the very steps of the memorial to deliver his 'I Have A Dream' speech due to the significant short comings in this ideology.

    We walked the short distance to the memorial that now stands to Martin Luther King. His likeness carved out of milky stone, arms crossed, looking out across the waters of the tidal basin. Quotes of Dr King's own speeches are carved in a dark stone wall behind his figure, one reading -

    'The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy' (25th February 1967, Los Angeles)

    We later joined a free tour of the city's African American history from our hostel. It took us to the home of Duke Ellington and other buildings of significance in the area around U street, which until the boom of Harlem in the 1920s was the largest African American community in the U.S. We finished the tour at the landmark Ben's Chilli Bowl where previous patrons include Bill Cosby and Barrack Obama. Sitting in the diner, with its walls displaying memorabilia and a jukebox playing Smokey Robinson and Michael Jackson, we tucked into the signature dish of chilli half-smoke (hot dog in a bun with mustard and chilli served over the top and a side of crinkle crisps).
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  • Day3

    Chinatown

    June 19, 2017 in the United States

    We finally made it to Chinatown, after many rounds of "how much longer do we have to walk" "are you sure you know where we are going?" "I'm not walking 10 more blocks!" I finally gave up the map to Tory who took us to the exact place I was going to in the first place. Granted, it was raining and we had walked a lot already so everyone was tired and hungry. I don't think Chinatown was.exactly what the girls expected. They admitted later, while they had never been to China, that is actually what they thought it would look like, a street right out of China. Despite that dissapointment we had a wonderful family style dinner. Everyone got to try new things and we took a lot of food home. A great end to our first day in DC.Read more

  • Day3

    Ford's Theatre & Peterson House

    June 19, 2017 in the United States

    Ford's Theatre was where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14th, 1865. Beautiful theatre. Not sure how the other girls felt, but I can say that Natalie was a bit disappointed to find out that the actual theatre was shut down after Lincoln's death and was used for many years as an office building and then for a warehouse and after partially collapsing, was finally rebuilt as a replica of the original theatre in 1968. Nothing in the theatre is original other than the bricks in the front of the building. Still a good history lesson.Read more

  • Day3

    Ford theater

    June 19, 2017 in the United States

    Lincoln. We rushed of to the Ford theater when Lincoln was shot. In the rain.
    Part of the exhibit had a montage of former Presidents reading the Gettysburg address.
    We also went across the street to the house where he died.

  • Day3

    China town

    June 19, 2017 in the United States

    Ok so it was a bit of an adventure to find China town, but we were determined.
    We ate at Tony chengs. Family style.
    First course spring rolls, fried wonton skins and egg drop soup.
    Second course fried rice, green bean, kung pow chicken, Sweet and sour pork, beef and broccoli, shrimp and snow peas and veggie low mein.
    Dessert was oranges and fortune cookies... apparently many of the girls are going to have happy relationships. So we'll be watching them like hawks at the beach tomorrow.Read more

  • Day15

    The Mall + FBI Building

    September 24 in the United States

    Nel pomeriggio abbiamo avuto tempo libero e con Camilla e Salvatore ne abbiamo approfittato per andare - visto che il tempo non era poi così bello da convincerci a stare fuori - all'Air And Space Museum. Si è rivelato di molto superiore alle aspettative!

    Tra le tante cose belle abbiamo visto l'aereo dei fratello Wright, il primo aereo della storia! È stato super interessante vederlo a dimensione naturale e leggere tutte le curiosità sulla storia del volo e su quel primo viaggio! Abbiamo potuto toccare un pezzetto di roccia lunare, siamo entrati nella riproduzione di una vecchia stazione spaziale e di uno dei primi Boeing intercontinentali. C'erano un sacco di aerei importanti, da quelli da guerra a quelli turistici: Matt ha adorato poter entrare a vedere la cabina di comando!
    C'era anche una bellissima parte interattiva dedicata allo spazio e una ancora più piena di leve, bottoni e giochini in cui si spiegava perché gli aerei volano. Noi in realtà abbiamo saltellato senza troppo criterio da un giochino all'altro senza capirne troppo il significato scientifico sottostante. Alcuni erano interessanti (tipo quello con gli effetti del sottovuoto) e divertenti (tipo pilotare un mini aereo cavalcando in modo giusto le correnti), ma tendenzialmente ci lanciavamo nello sperimentare il giochino senza troppo leggere le istruzioni nè sforzarci di apprendere qualcosa... 😜

    Abbiamo fatto una capatina al giardino botanico prima che chiudesse (qui tutto chiude prestissimo, alle 17:00!): una visita veloce ma molto interessante. Era ben diviso per tipi di piante: orchidee, cactacee, piante medicinali... e anche se era piccino era molto ricco di cose belle. La mia sala preferita è stata quella del clima tropicale con le orchidee che si arrampicavano dappertutto!

    Da lì io avevo due tappe obbligatorie: il Jeffersonian e l'edificio dell'FBI.
    Purtroppo l'edificio dello Smithsonian, a cui il Jeffersonian è ispirato, non è quello che si vede nelle riprese di Bones. Il viaggio sarebbe stato a vuoto se lungo la strada, durante una sosta fotografica di Matt e Camilla, io e Salvatore non avessimo deciso di raccogliere il cotone dai fiori di un'aiuola per sentire com'era! Sono morbidosi, e siccome ha piovuto tutto il giorno si sono inzuppati d'acqua, tanto che sembravano proprio batuffoli di cotone idrofilo, di quello che si compra al supermercato... invece era super naturale!

    La tappa all'FBI invece si è rivelata moooolto più soddisfacente. L'edificio non è affatto bello né appariscente, ma è "davvero vero"! La cosa carina è che ci siamo accorti che dallo Smitshonian/Jeffersonian all'FBI ci sono davvero solo dieci minuti di strada a piedi: Booth e Brennan lavorano davvero vicini! 💕

    Matt ha fatto una foto davanti al suo reale posto di lavoro. Non salutava nessuno solo perché voleva mantenere la copertura, ma tanto ormai io l'ho capito... 😎

    E finalmente l'agente dell'FBI sotto copertura e la dottoressa Brennan sono stati immortalati nella città dove ha luogo il loro telefilm, davanti all'obelisco che si vede in tanti episodi! 💕💕💕
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  • Day22

    New York to Washington DC by Amtrak

    May 11, 2015 in the United States

    ...When we finally got back into Penn Station we noticed that the father and his infant daughter who got on the train in Niagara Falls also missed their connection in New York. The father had his daughter and more luggage than us so we stood watch over her in her baby carrier whilst he got their luggage off the train and located a 'red cap' luggage handler to help him onward. We met him again at the ticket counter as we both got our tickets changed. He was from Jamaica but when he realised where we were from he told us he was a DJ and travelled to London regularly. He recommended listening to fellow DJ David Rodigan on BBC 1Xtra/BBC Radio 2 who was ,quote, 'bad'.

    We were impressed by his daughter, who managed the long train journey better than many of the adults, and the care he offered to her. In our line of work when we're confronted with so many appalling examples of men it's also nice to see this contrasting example.

    After over 600 miles through Buffalo, Rome, Hudson, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Baltimore that took 15 hours we arrived in Washington DC under the cover of darkness. Kim read a whole book (Pt. 1 - The Travelling Man) and started another (Pt. 2 - The Travelling Woman) in this time. Here's another playlist of songs that got Alex through the journey (http://open.spotify.com/user/somebodyalreadyhasit/playlist/6gda7tjvAPZH2AUKd6KFfF) -

    The Who - Baby O'Riley
    Florence & The Machine - Ship Wreck
    Vampire Weekend - Unbelievers
    Hozier - Someone New
    Snow Patrol - New York
    Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes - Bad Luck
    Banks - Goddess
    The Knocks - Comfortable (Lightwaves Remix)
    Ella Eyre - If I Go
    Junior Kimbrough - Meet Me In The City
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  • Day8

    über Harrisburg nach Washington D.C.

    July 1, 2016 in the United States

    Der heutige Tag war der unspektakulärste auf unserer gesamten Reise. Denn heute lagen unendliche 650 km vor uns, die wir von den Niagara Falls über Harrisburg durch ganz Pennsylvania bis nach Washington D.C. fuhren. Die Vorfreude auf D.C. war riesig und so war es auch eine tolle Abwechslung in der Nähe von Harrisburg eine Amish Farm zu besichtigen. Meine Erwartungen waren hoch, ich stellte mir vor, wir fahren weit raus aufs Land und uns erwartet eine urige Farm mit Tieren, Traktoren und eben diesen Menschen, die angezogen sind wie die Familie Ingalls aus "Unsere kleine Farm". Gelandet sind wir in einem Freilichtmuseum direkt neben einem riesigen Supermarkt. Na toll! Diese "Farm" hat noch nie ein Amish von drinnen gesehen, geschweige denn darin gewohnt. Absoluter Mist! ABER - erste und einzige Tourifalle auf dieser Reise!

    Am Abend kamen wir schließlich in Washington D.C. an und da der Tag bisher eher enttäuschend war, hatten wir uns vorgenommen, an diesem Abend noch etwas zu erleben. Unser Hotel befand sich etwas außerhalb im Bezirk Ballston. Von dort machten wir uns zur U-Bahnstation auf und dachten "Wird schon nicht so schwer sein, die National Mall zu finden". Unser Ziel war das Lincoln Memorial. Nach einer 1 1/2 stündigen Irrfahrt und dem Glück, eine nette, ältere Dame zu treffen, die sogar deutsch sprach, kamen wir endlich "fast" am Ziel an. Unser Weg führte uns dann weiter zu Fuß über die Arlington Memorial Bridge, auf der wir in der Weite schon den Obelisk "Washington Monument" erspähten. Kurz vor Einbruch der Dunkelheit standen wir schließlich vor dem Lincoln Memorial und alles war wieder gut :-)
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  • Day9

    Washington D.C.

    July 2, 2016 in the United States

    Am Morgen besuchten wir das Denkmal "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima", ein wirklich beeindruckendes Monument. Es ist allen Angehörigen des United States Marine Corps gewidmet, die seit seiner Gründung 1775 fielen.

    Direkt im Anschluss machten wir uns auf den Weg zum Arlington National Cementery (Nationalfriedhof). Circa eine Stunde liefen wir an grünen Wiesen vorbei, auf denen tausende, weiße Grabsteine stehen. Am Ende angelangt, stoppten wir an der Ruhestätte von John F. Kennedy, bevor wir uns zur National Mall aufmachten.

    Am westlichsten Punkt der National Mall startete unsere Erkundungstour an diesem wunderschönen Sommertag bei 30 Grad. Beginnen wir beim Lincoln Memorial, das wir am Abend zuvor schon betrachteten. Es wurde zu Ehren des 16. Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten Abraham Lincoln erbaut. Auf den Stufen hatten wir einen fantastischen Blick über die gesamte National Mall bis zum östlichsten Punkt - dem Capitol. Genau an dieser Stelle stand auch Martin Luther King bei seiner berühmten Rede "I have a dream" 1963.

    "In diesem Tempel, so wie in den Herzen der Menschen, für die er die Union rettete, in die Erinnerung an Abraham Lincoln auf ewig festgehalten."

    Nächster Halt: The White House. Sieht irgendwie klein aus ... später begaben wir uns noch auf die Rückseite, welche mit seinem runden, säulenumfassten Äußeren eher aus Filmen bekannt ist. Aufgrund der Feierlichkeiten zum Independence Day am 4. Juli war leider schon viel rund um die Mall abgesperrt, auch das Capitol schien ein Sicherheitstrakt zu sein. Hier hielten wir nur kurz an, um ein paar Fotos zu machen.

    Viel Zeit verbrachten wir dann am Washington Monument, gar nicht so einfach das lange Ding auf ein Foto zu kriegen :-) Über den Reflection Pool hatten wir einen unverbauten Blick Richtung Lincoln Memorial. Zuletzt schauten wir uns noch das II. World War Memorial an, bevor wir runter zum Hafen liefen. Auf dem Weg dahin, war es menschenleer, niemand zu sehen auf der Straße, und dass, obwohl Samstag war. Als wir dann die Ecke zum Hafen umbogen, ging es los: laute Musik, Menschenmassen und Gegröle. Ah hier sind die alle!
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